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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Snow Joke: 10 Winter Sun Locations to Get Away from the Snow by Jon Simpson

As Britain gets battered by blizzards, bringing the country to a halt, discover 10 winter sun destinations where snow probably doesn't exist in the local language, let alone on the weather forecast.

Mexico - with thoughts of swine flu long gone, Mexico is back on the map as winter sun favourite. Cancun is a classic holiday spot, perfectly set up for mass tourism with an abundance of cheap flights from the UK. Sat on the Caribbean coast, there's sea, sand and scuba, but most definitely no snow.

Costa Rica - with dramatic volcanoes, idyllic beaches, tropical rainforests and plenty of eco-credentials, Costa Rica will appeal to those looking for winter sun with extra adventure. The year-round warm weather and the choice of a Pacific or Caribbean coastline makes this Central American country a nature lover's paradise.

Thailand - long popular with backpackers, Thailand caters for all travellers, from families looking for cheap flights to Thailand to luxury spa seekers to honeymooning couples. With countless beaches on the Gulf of Thailand offering deep blue lagoons, swaying palms and a price that won't empty your wallet, Thailand is a solid choice for a snowless winter break.

Florida - bathe in warm seas, kayak through the everglades or visit the state's famous theme parks. Florida remains a massive hit with UK families and is set to win even more interest from the UK this year; a recent Travel Trends Analysis revealed that Orlando, Florida's gateway airport, was ranked the 4th most searched for destination, rising a massive 12 places from last year.

Egypt - the land of the pyramid gets hardly a drop of rain all year, let alone snow and the country still remains good value meaning you get lots of winter sun for you money here. The red sea is a beach and diving hot spot and it's only a five hour flight from London.

Bali - with an equatorial climate, Bali's 'winters' are pretty similar to its summers: hot. Indonesia's most tourist-friendly island, it's known for excellent beaches, divine diving and of course supreme surfing. It's also pretty lively on the nightlife front, making it popular with the backpacking crowd.

Dubai - back in the headlines for being the proud creator of the Burj Dubai, now the world's tallest building, this Emirate enjoys almost year round sunshine, and from November to May the climate is at its best. The bad news is, you will find snow in Dubai - but only at 'Ski Dubai' the indoor snow dome!

Oman - perhaps not an obvious choice, but this Middle Eastern blend of desert, coastal landscape, Portuguese colonial influence, rugged mountains and other natural wonders make Oman a good choice for the more adventurous winter sun seeker.

Canary Islands - the closest winter sun to the UK, this collection of islands off Africa's west coast where rain is rare and winter temperatures hover in the mid-20s, are well known to British travellers. Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Tenerife and Gran Canaria are the most well known of the archipelago, whilst the tiny El Hierro and La Gomera remain less touched by tourism.

Cape Verde - this archipelago off the coast of Senegal is within easy reach of the UK. Famed for white sand beaches, tropical interiors and an exotic mix of African, Portuguese and Brazilian cultures, the ten different islands are still relatively undiscovered by the masses and are only six hours flight from the UK.

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